Students on the German Pupil Courses  ©

UK-German Connection 

What's it all about?

UK-German Connection offers two opportunities for young people learning German.

The German Pupil Courses are a two-week opportunity for UK students;

  • Course option 1 is open to UK students in Year 12 (England, Wales) / Year 13 (Northern Ireland) / S5 (Scotland) 
  • Course option 2 is open to UK students in Year 10 (England, Wales) / Year 11 (Northern Ireland) / S3 (Scotland)

The German Scholarships Programme is a four-week opportunity for UK students aged 16+, in their penultimate school year (Year 12 in England and Wales / Year 13 in Northern Ireland / S5 in Scotland).

Taking part provides students with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of German life and culture and improve their German language skills at the same time.

What will I do?

For each course, the full-time programme of activities includes: 

German Pupil Courses

  • a homestay with a German family
  • daily lessons in a German school
  • joint thematic workshops and joint activities with German peers 
  • excursions and visits to nearby towns and places.

German Scholarship Programme

  • an introductory week in Bonn school visits
  • project work and activities in mixed international groups
  • a two-week home stay with German host families 
  • visits to museums and famous cities like Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg and Munich.

How much does it cost? 

The German Pupil Courses are part-funded by the German government through the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD). Pupils pay a contribution of £300 towards the costs of the programme.

The German Scholarship Programme is fully-funded (including travel, accommodation and course costs) by the German government through the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD).

Can I apply?

To take part you need to:

  • have studied German for at least two years (one year for German Pupil Courses – course option 2) 
  • have a good command of the spoken language and a good general knowledge about Germany
  • have good personal, social and intercultural skills
  • be a permanent UK resident

How do I apply?

Applications for trips this summer are closed.  See the UK-German Connection website for details of the programmes they offer.


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